September 18, 2009

Layout of the Week – Tropical Jake

The photo on this page is the best one I’ve ever taken of Jake. I knew it was as soon as I saw it on the digital camera screen. Such a cute little boy! I wanted to create a special page for this photo and when these Best Creation papers came in, I knew they were the ones to use. A little sparkle & glaze adds a fun dimension even to a “boy page”. I mounted the photo on two layers of cardstock, turquoise and dark brown. I wanted to draw extra attention to the photo with the busy-ness of the photo. I couldn’t find an embellishment that really spoke to me. But I did find some pop out die cuts of arrows from Scenic Route. The color palette of the arrows didn’t match my papers or photo, which went with each other very well. So I traced my favorite arrow onto the striped paper and cut it out. Then I used my exacto knife to cut a slit along the circle just large enough to slip the end of the arrow through it.

I really liked how the layout looked but something was still missing. I needed to draw a little attention to the arrow, so I drew an outline around it with my dark brown Zig pen.

Even though this layout was very simple and quick to complete, I think it has a bold modern look. So when you’re looking for papers for a “boy” page, don’t overlook the sparkly, glazed ones…they may be perfect for your project!

Don’t forget to snap tons of photos! It will increase the odds of getting just the shot you’re looking for!


Use cardstock mats and arrows to set your photo apart.

Try outlining your photos or embellishments with a thick pen. They’ll stand out quickly and for FREE!

Don’t dismiss sparkly, glazed papers for your boy pages, take a second look.


Best Creation paper

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  1. I like how you did that and the outlining was a perfect touch.

    Happy VGNO!

  2. I love playing with scrapbook paper. I was in Michaels today for something completely different and couldn’t stop myself from grabbing some.

  3. Very cute! I have to be in a mood to scrapbook. I just cannot get into it in the summer. It’s much better in the colder months next to a fire!

  4. That picture is adorable!!

    Happy VGNO!

  5. I LOVE IT! I have a picture of Princess Nagger on the beach that would benefit from a layout like that…very cool!!

    Happy VGNO! 🙂

  6. I love the big floppy hat. Have a great weekend!

  7. Love your scrapbook layout! I used to scrapbook a lot but haven’t had a chance in a couple of years…miss doing it.

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy VGNO

  8. I am constantly amazed at your creativity- great job as usual. And it is such an adorable pic!

    Have a Happy VGNO!

  9. Happy GNO!! Hope your weekend is awesome!!

  10. He is sooo cute and you are talented! Great job. Happy VGNO!

  11. You do this so well and what a subject to work with. Cutie pie!

  12. Happy VGNO

  13. Thanks for stopping by to see me.
    That is such a cute picture.

  14. Very cute! No wonder you teach scrapbooking! You’re awesome at it.